Lions Coach Dan Campbell Reveals Major Change to Defensive Scheme

New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell has revealed a major change to the team's defensive scheme.
New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell has revealed a major change to the team's defensive scheme. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images

It's been a tumultuous few years for the Detroit Lions and their head coaching situation. Detroit has seen four different head coaches since Jim Caldwell was fired in 2017. But, the Lions have a new head coach in Dan Campbell and he's checked every box since his arrival. One of his most notable early moves surrounds a major change to the defense.

During an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday, Campbell revealed plans to implement a base 3-4 style defense with three down linemen and four linebackers.

Lions Defensive Scheme Change

This change will be new for mostly everyone involved. Both Campbell and new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn came over from the New Orleans Saints, who operated primarily in a 4-3. For the Lions' roster, they've operated with a multiple front on defense stemming from former head coach Matt Patricia's system.

Detroit's defense has been the primary area of concern in recent memory. Last season, the Lions finished with a bottom-five rushing and passing defense. Detroit gave up 2,158 rushing yards and 4,558 yards in the air during the 2020 campaign.

Major changes clearly take time to have an effect on the field, however. As it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook gives the Lions just +15000 odds to win the Super Bowl this season.

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